After making four additions to the roster at the trade deadline, the Atlanta Braves are also anticipating getting some internal reinforcements sometime in August. Travis d’Arnaud began his rehab assignment with Gwinnett Friday. Brian Snitker said that d’Arnaud would take the day off Saturday and then catch five or six innings Sunday. He will at some point start to see some time at DH to get some at-bats as well. Huascar Ynoa is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment for Rome Sunday.
You can also add Ian Anderson’s name to that group. Snitker said that Anderson threw a side session Friday and that everything went well. He is scheduled to throw another Monday before the team leaves to travel to St. Louis. Barring any setbacks, Anderson too could be nearing being ready to begin a rehab assignment.
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- Dansby Swanson homered twice and drove in a career-best seven runs to lift the Braves to an 8-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Kyle Muller allowed one run and struck out seven over five good innings.
- If you missed any of our deadline coverage including comments from Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos as well as a breakdown of the prospects that were traded at the deadline, you can find it all here.
- Both Jorge Soler and Richard Rodriguez arrived in Atlanta and were added to the active roster prior to Saturday’s game. Atlanta optioned Orlando Arcia and Sean Newcomb to Gwinnett to open up a pair of spots on the active roster.
- The Athletic’s Jim Bowden gave the Braves a “B” for their trade deadline maneuvering.
The Braves’ two biggest priorities heading into the deadline were back-of-the-bullpen help and corner-outfield needs. They solved the former with Rodríguez, who had 14 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 38 1/3 innings this season for the Pirates. They attacked the latter issue by acquiring four outfielders, setting up platoons for right and left field. Soler, a right-handed power bat, is expected to platoon with the lefty-hitting Pederson, and the duo will probably share right-field duties. Rosario (currently out with an oblique injury) and Duvall could eventually share time in left field. It’s a hodgepodge of outfielders, but it might actually work.
- Truist Park played host to a showcase game featuring 44 standout performers from the Hank Aaron Invitational Saturday.
- Teams have until Sunday at 5 p.m. ET to reach agreements with their draft picks from the 2021 MLB Draft. The biggest name left out there is Kumar Rocker who was taken with the 10th pick by the Mets. He initially reached an agreement on a $6 million overslot deal but some concerns about the health of his elbow arose after his physical.
- Prior to Saturday’s game, the Milwaukee Brewers had two more players test positive for COVID-19 in pitchers Jake Cousins and Hunter Strickland. Reliever Jandel Gustave was held out of Saturday’s game due to contract tracing. They join outfielder Christian Yelich who tested positive earlier this week.
- Marlins manager Don Mattingly also tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently away from the team. Bench coach James Rowson is serving as the acting manager in Mattingly’s absence.
- ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week. Glasnow had hoped that he would be able rehabilitate a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament but is still experiencing pain. He will miss the remainder of the 2021 season and could miss all of 2022 as well.
- After missing out on some big name targets at the trade deadline, the San Diego Padres suffered another blow Saturday when they placed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Tatis was injured while sliding into third in Friday’s game. San Diego also placed right-hander Chris Paddack on the IL due to an oblique strain.
- The Miami Marlins activated left-hander Trevor Rogers from the 10-day injured list Saturday. Rogers had been on the injured list due to back spasms. The Marlins also activated former Braves catcher Alex Jackson who was acquired in exchange for Adam Duvall.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Tony Gonsolin on the 10-day injured list due to shoulder inflammation.